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Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Twins (33-59) at Detroit Tigers (49-44)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Comerica Park)

E Santana (3-8) (4.12) vs. J Verlander (9-6) (3.91)

The Line: Detroit Tigers -184 / Minnesota Twins +174 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


In Wednesday MLB action from Comerica Park, the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers will be wrapping up their series. 

This will be the third game of the set. On Monday, the Tigers eked out a 1-0 win. In Tuesday’s game, the Twins struck back with a 6-2 victory. 

Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins - 7/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


RHP Ervin Santana will be taking the mound for the Twins on Wednesday. In his 17 starts and 3-8 record this year, Santana has put up a 4.12 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP in 98.1 innings. His last time out, Santana put up 5.1 innings with six hits and three earned in a loss to the Indians. 

Hitting for the Twins, we see a few diamonds in the rough. Eduardo Nunez has put up 105 hits with 48 runs, 12 homers and 43 RBI. Joe Mauer is up there as well on 87 hits, 45 runs and 29 RBI. Brian Dozier has hit 16 homers with 49 RBI, 82 hits and 49 runs. Dozier blasted a two-run homer on Tuesday. 

Over on the Tigers’ side, Justin Verlander will be the Wednesday starter. In 19 starts and a 9-6 record this year, Verlander has put up a 3.91 ERA with a 1.12 WHIP in 124.1 innings. Verlander recorded a win in his last game, with seven innings, four hits and one earned. 

At the plate, the Detroit lineup is pretty solid overall. Ian Kinsler sits atop the heap on 109 hits, 75 runs, 18 homers and 55 RBI. Nick Castellanos has logged 103 hits with 47 runs, 17 homers and 52 RBI. Miguel Cabrera remains the team face with 101 hits, 50 runs, 18 homers and 53 RBI. 

The Twins are 11-23 in their last 34 game threes of a series, and 4-11 in their last 15 Wednesday games. Minnesota is also 1-6 in Santana’s last seven road starts, and 1-6 in Santana’s last seven starts against the American League Central. 

As for the Tigers, they’re 4-0 in their last four game threes of a series, and 18-8 in their last 26 Wednesday games. Detroit is also 6-2 in Verlander’s last eight starts and 4-1 in Verlander’s last five starts against the American League Central. 

I can’t find a whole lot of reasons to pick against Verlander here, so chalk me up for the Tigers in this one.

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